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ladyvibram
Hello all!
First off, I want to thank this community for allowing me to stalk it while I researched cups and went through my first few cycles. I found so many answers without writing a single post! Thank you!

Now, to preface my question, here are a few facts:
-I am 24, married, and have no children yet.
-I have a small LadyCup, and this is the only cup I've tried.
-I have gone through 4 cycles now.
-I have trimmed off about half of the stem, and can now wear it comfortably.
-Insertion with the labia fold works great, and removal is super easy!

Apparently my flow is really heavy, because during the first 2 days of my period I have to empty the cup at 2 hours, or else it leaks a lot. I am always wearing cloth pads as backup, because getting to the bathroom every two hours is not possible with my job. Dealing with the leaking is not fun, and I need a solution! This current process is only slightly better than my old habits of super long pads and super tampons.

So, my question is, will a bigger cup work for me? I long to have the advertised "12 hours" of wear. I hate pads and tampons, and love that I'm saving money with my cup, but I can't just go buy 3 or 4 different cups on my budget.
Suggestions on which cup to try that will hold more?
 
 
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juliiie87juliiie87 on May 4th, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
The small Ladycup is, well, small and low capacity due to its hole placement. It does sound like you have a heavy flow. So yes, you need a larger cup if you want to wear it for longer chunks of time. There's no guarantee any cup will hold a flood for 12 hours though, but you can reasonably expect up to 4 hours. The bell-shaped variety is known to provide the most capacity near the bottom, and high holes are also a must. You could look into large Si-bell, Fleurcup, Sckoon cup and Rubycup : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ the main difference between those is stiffness, so make sure to factor that in using the stiffness chart linked from the sizecharts page.

If you're on a budget mc_sales is full of good deals atm (I have a large red Fleurcup up for sale on the 2nd page, for instance) : http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 4th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
As juliiie87 said, the small Ladycup has a low capacity. A higher capacity cup would suit you better. The large Fleurcup that she mentions is a very popular cup because its dimensions and shape seem to fit many, and it has a high capacity. Compare your Ladycup to others at the size charts link that she gave you.

As for being able to wear it for 12 hours, you've misinterpreted it. That's the maximum recommended time that anyone should wear any cup before taking it out and rinsing/cleaning it. No, most of us are not able to go that long, especially on our heavy days. eg: For me, 4 hours is about it, even with my high capacity cup. But if you're just spotting or "anticipating," then keeping the cup for longer than 12 hours without rinsing/washing could result in the overgrowth of natural flora and fauna.
trejoytrejoy on May 4th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
You do need more capacity! As remarked by the others, I've only ever gone 12 hours when it's a light flow day. I do usually get 4-5 hours on heavy days though.